St Pius X College Newsletter

26 April 2017
Issue 11
Upcoming Events
From the Principal     
Mission & Identity, Youth Ministry and Social Justice
P&F News
Teaching & Learning Matters
Student & Parent Matters
Department News
Learning Support & Enrichment
Senior School Sport
Junior School News & Sport
Canteen & Uniform Shop
St Pius X College Chatswood
(02) 9411 4733
35 Anderson Street
Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia, [email protected]

Upcoming Events

Friday 28th April

CSDA R1 Debating


Saturday 29th April

ISA Football & Tennis R1/Rugby vs St Greg's College/IPSHA R1 Winter


Sunday 30th April

College Orchestra Workshop


Tuesday 2nd May

Founder's Day & 80th Anniversary Mass at Oxford Falls


Wednesday 3rd May

ISA Football Trials





Thursday 4th May

Cricket Club Presentation Night


Friday 5th May

R2 Debating


Saturday 6th May

ISA Football & Tennis R2/ISA Rugby R1/IPSHA R2


Monday 8th May

P&F Meeting


Tuesday 9th May

NAPLAN Years 5, 7 & 9

ISA Rugby Trials






Thursday 11th May

Year 12 Careers Expo


Friday 12th May

Mothers' Day Liturgy & Mass

Year 10 Reflection Day #2

Debating R3


Saturday 13th May

ISA Football & Tennis R3/ISA Rugby R2/IPSHA R3


Sunday 14th May

Mothers' Day



  Friday 16th June - SPX Rugby Club Dinner




From the Principal     



Our Easter Prayer

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”    

(John 11 25-26)


We give thanks for the many Easter blessings we have received and look forward as renewed Easter people of hope.

We pray that the term ahead is enriching for everyone and that the students learn and grown as a direct benefit from the service and dedication of our collective efforts. May God bless our school in this 80th year and shower blessings on each member of our College community.


Our 80th Anniversary

This term we have two major events for our 80th Anniversary.



Next Tuesday 2nd May - 11.00am at Oxford Falls

All parents are welcome to attend

Please see the attached letter which has also been sent under separate cover to parents today.

*Parents are asked to please be aware that the College will be closed from 10.00 am until 2.00 pm next Tuesday 2 May as all staff will be attending the Mass. This will include the College office.




7.00pm on 18th May 2017 at The Concourse

Tickets are now on sale! They can be purchased at the Concourse Box Office during business hours, via the Concourse website or by clicking on the following link:  

It is going to be an amazing night featuring the talents of current and past students, instrumental tutors and teaching staff.  We look forward to seeing you there!


P&F Provide Staff Breakfast

On behalf of the College staff I thank the  P&F for preparing breakfast for the staff on Monday 24th April at our staff day. We enjoyed BBQ bacon and eggs with muffins and fruit!  Best ever!

Sincere thanks to Cassie Buono, Paul O’Neill, Mariano Rossetto, James Makarewicz and Roger Paino.

ANZAC Day Services

Congratulations to those students who represented the College at ANZAC Day Ceremonies yesterday and over the holidays. We were well represented at the Chatswood RSL Garden of Remembrance Dawn Service by Vice-Captain Daniel Butler and Tom Reay (Year 5), who laid the wreath on behalf of the College, School Captain Joe Unwin, Prefect Jacob Crisafulli, Aiden Wilson (Year 7), Mr and Mrs Couani, College Board Chair: Mr Peter Hughes, Mr David Reay and Parish Minister Mr Adrian Brannan.


The Willoughby Legion Ex-Serviceman’s Club 7am service was attended by Matthew Garrett and Nikita Papastamatis (Year 11) before Matthew acted as official photographer for the Irish Ex Serviceman’s ANZAC Day delegation in the Sydney March.  The flag was flown, literally, by James Spencer (Year 11), as an Army Cadet at the ANZAC Day Alliance Stadium Roosters – Dragons Rugby League match.  The photo shows James Spencer in the ANZAC Day March with his North Sydney Cadet Unit .


No doubt there were many in attendance at other functions commemorating this the Centenary of the 1917 Western Front Battles as well as those in the Middle East such as the famous Light Horse Charge at Beersheeba, in what was the most costly year of military casualties in Australia’s history.

We were able to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Owen Stanley Campaign battles along the Kokoda Track with The Consul of Papua New Guinea and Willoughby Mayor Giles-Gibney at the Chatswood Ceremony. Remembering that local Willoughby boy Albert Chowne won the Victoria Cross for Valour in Papua New Guinea, and that in 2014 we hosted Kokoda Track Veteran Bede Tongs RIP (Military Medal recipient, 3rd and 2/ 3rd Battalions), to the College.

All these facts will add poignancy to our planning of the St Pius X College Kokoda Expedition 2018 in which we hope to include an immersion to Edmund Rice Callan Services Gerehu School for students with disabilities, and a visit to pay our respects at the graveside of ex-student Jacob DeSisto, killed in action on Bougainville, December 1944, and who is interred in Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby.

Lest we forget.




Holiday Touring Sports Teams & Outdoor Education

The past vacation period saw significant activity in our sporting teams with several tour parties enjoying excellent tours. Please read the Sports and Student Matters sections for more details of these tours. In summary:





Our First XI Football touring team defeated Gregory Terrace College (Brisbane) in the final on penalties following an undefeated run into the finals. Congratulations on this huge victory against very talented schools Australia.




Another “first” for St Pius X College with this inaugural tour to NZ by the Under 15s Rugby squad. We had two full sides tour and they met very strong opposition and learnt a great deal from this experience. They concluded the tour with an outstanding victory against St Thomas of Canterbury College in Christchurch.



As in the previous few years the Junior school conducted both Rugby and Football tours to Tamworth and Armidale respectively. These were highly successful and show great potential for our future.



A group of 10 students from Years 11-12 participated in a four day Duke of Edinburgh hike to Glenbrook National Park as part of the College’s Outdoor Education Program. 


I thank the many staff who gave up their holidays to provide our students with such rewarding experiences.

Term 2:  Students Need Full Attendance Rates

We have a very full term ahead for all and students need to be at school on time every day and ready for classes. It is a shorter term so I ask all parents to ensure that any requests for leave are kept to a minimum to ensure continuity of learning.


The White Knight Foundation Gala Dinner

Friday 19th May at The Concourse, Chatswood

Time is running out to purchase your tickets (or a table) to attend this significant school community event which seeks to support the wonderful work of ex-student, Liam Knight.  Liam and the White Knight Foundation seek to raise funds to support victims of youth violence.  

It would be wonderful if more parents and friends could attend the evening to boost current numbers. Join the crusade and fight youth violence by attending the White Knight Foundations’ second Annual Gala Dinner on Friday 19th May.  Please see the flyer below for details:


Major Dates for Term 2

Tuesday 2nd May:  Founder's Day & 80th Anniversary Mass at Oxford Falls

Thursday 4th May:  Cricket Club Presentation Night

Monday 8th May:  P&F Meeting

Tuesday 9th May:  NAPLAN Years 5, 7 and 9

Friday 12th May:  Mothers' Day Liturgy & Mass

Sunday 14th May:  Mothers' Day

Thursday 18th May:  80th Anniversary Concert at The Concourse, Chatswood

Friday 19th May:  White Knight Foundation Dinner at The Concourse

Monday 22nd May:  Year 10 Semester 1 Exams begin

Thursday 25th May:  Ascension Thursday

Monday 29th May:  Reconciliation Assembly

Monday 5th June:  Year 7 Study Skills Parent/Student Night with Prue Salter at 6.30pm

Tuesday 6th June:  Senior Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 7th June:  Junior Athletics Carnival

Friday 9th May:  Year/Group Photos

Monday 12th June:  Queen's Birthday Holiday

Thursday 22nd June:  Term 2 Concludes for Students


Mr John Couani - Principal

Mission & Identity, Youth Ministry and Social Justice

Photo: Easter Liturgy

  • Mission & Identity  
  • Youth Ministry  
  • Social Justice  


Mission & Identity

He is risen!

Easter comes and goes every year but I wonder whether we truly understand the significance, not just of the passion and crucifixion of Jesus but most importantly his resurrection.  When Jesus rose from the dead, he fulfilled the prophecy that was predicted in the Old Testament or Hebrew Scriptures. It is in this Paschal Mystery, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus that the people around him had a change of heart or as the Greeks called it ‘metanoia’. During Lent, we are called to prepare for our own metanoia where we repent and change our ways so that we can truly become Easter People throughout the whole year.


My thanks to Mrs Sarah Fernando and the Year 9 Drama Elective Class for their very moving portrayal of the Stations of the Cross that they performed for our community on the last day of last term.



Term 2 is another very busy time for our community. On Wednesday this week we had a very moving Anzac Day Ceremony that recognised the gift of life given by so many men and women in war, so that we can live a life of freedom today. We read a scripture quote from John’s Gospel which reminded us that "Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends".


The following are our key Mission events for this term:

2nd May         The 80th Anniversary Mass at Oxford Falls 11.00am

12th May       The Senior School Mother’s Day Liturgy 7.30am for 8.10am; Junior School Mass at 10.30am

25th May       Ascension Thursday

29th May       Reconciliation Assembly 11.00am

2nd June        Year 11 Retreat Day 2 at Oxford Falls

8th June        Year 10 Reflection Day 2 at Oxford Falls

23rd June      Staff Spirituality Day


                                                                                                      Ms D Dempsey - Assistant Principal Mission & Identity




St Pius X College has been invited by Bishop Peter Comensoli to attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Homebush  from 7th - 9th December 2017. This is an event for students in Years 9-12 and is a national gathering of Catholic young people which allows them to attend workshops and activities and discern their own faith journeys.

If you are interested please return the permission form in the attachment below to Mr Adrian Brannan. 


Mr A Brannan - Youth Ministry Coordinator


Social Justice

Welcome back for Term 2, 2017 - a term that will be full of social justice activities throughout the College and from the Edmund Rice Society.  



Thank you to all students for making this year’s Project Compassion collection  the second largest collection we have ever achieved, marginally being pipped at the post for the  No. 1 place. Our collection total for 2017 was $12,654.68. This money will help Caritas Australia to assist our neighbours in Fiji, Timor Lestre, Vietnam and The Philippines. On behalf of our neighbours in these countries I thank you all for your support.



The Edmund Rice Society are very busy this term with a number of activities and discussion topics. Our first meeting will be on Tuesday of Week 2 where we will be continuing discussions on what we can do to support the children still being held in Australian offshore immigration detention centres.

The Junior Edmund Rice Society members will begin their Fair Trade Chocolate Stall on Friday lunchtime in Week 2. This project will run each Friday lunchtime in Terms 2 and 3 and all profits raised will be going to Callan Services, which consists of 19 Edmund Rice special schools for disabled students in Papua New Guinea.

The Senior Edmund Rice Society will be continuing to build their skateboard decks for the Haven Education Centre Terrigal, an Edmund Rice annex school for troubled children. These skateboard decks made by our members, along with the wheels, trucks, bearings and grip tape, are donated to The Haven where they are used as both behavioural and learning tools. The Haven students receive a skateboard pack from their teachers for continued good behaviour and application of their learning.  They design the artwork, make the artwork on the board, assemble the board and then they get to keep it. This activity is one of the most popular activities for their students and the Edmund Rice Society members look forward to delivering them and spending a day with them at the beginning of Term 3.

In addition to this the same members have created four timber jigsaw puzzles in indigenous animal shapes that will eventually end up at another partner school of St Pius X College, St Mary’s Bowraville. These puzzles have been delivered to the Haven where their students will create indigenous artwork on the four puzzles of a koala, a stingray, a kangaroo and a platypus. The Haven students will then enter the puzzles into an indigenous art competition, before our Year 10 immersion students deliver them to Bowraville at the end of the year for St Mary’s students to use as a learning tool.

The Edmund Rice Society Year 11 leaders will also be spearheading our “Footy Boots for Africa drive” in the upcoming weeks so please keep your old footy boots and have them ready to bring in when this drive commences.



I am personally so proud of the effort and dedication the entire Edmund Rice Society has put into the first term of 2017 and look forward to seeing what else they have in store for us. The Society membership has grown in all areas with new senior members, a staff member in Ms Ho and a huge influx of Junior School members. The Edmund Rice Society meet every Day 3 and Day 7 at 1.00pm in LC2 and we always welcome any students to come and see what the society is about.

The Edmund Rice Society has always been one of the earliest pathways to leadership at the College with Edmund Rice Society Leaders being appointed to Year 10 students in Term 4. The society also has a long history of members and leaders going on to become College Captains, Vice Captains and Prefects. An example of this is that our current College Captain, Joe Unwin, and six of our current Prefects were all Edmund Rice Society members or leaders in the past, so please come along to a meeting and consider membership.



Visits to Willowood Aged Care Facility will begin next Monday and students from Years 9 through to 11 are encouraged to put their name down for this social justice weekly activity where you will have the opportunity to interact with residents of the facility who find it too difficult to get out into the public arena.  Wednesday afternoon visits to Matthew Talbot Men’s Hostel also continue from today and throughout the term. Year 10 and 11 students are invited to set up and serve the homeless men, showing them that society still cares and respects them as we are taught that “all men are created equal in the eyes of God” and that Jesus said “What you do to the least of your fellow man you do to me.”  

CIP hours and Duke of Edinburgh recognition are available for both these activities.  If interested please email me to have your name placed on the rosters.


I would also like to thank the staff who continue to visit Matthew Talbot every school holidays, and a special thank you to Sarah Brannan from Mercy College who attended Matthew Talbot with our cohort every week of Term 1 as well as in the school holidays.



Our new Chapel is now operational and I would like to invite all students and staff to come to our fortnightly Mass held on Tuesday mornings before school. The next Mass will be held on Tuesday 9th May.

Mr D Blake - Social Justice Coordinator


P&F News

Photo: Mother's Day Liturgy - Friday 12th May


  • Year 7 Parent Get-Together
  • Year 12 Parent Get-Together with Mercy College Parents
  • Mothers' Day Liturgy
  • Cocktail Party Photos
  • Diary Date:  Trivia Night


Year 7 Parent Get-Together

THIS Friday 28th April from 7.00pm

Come along and join other Year 7 parents for a for a casual Friday night drink and/or dinner at The Stoned Crow in Crows Nest!  Come for a quick drink or stay & join us for a bite to eat.


It's not too late to RSVP, do it today via email to [email protected] to let us know you're coming so that we can ensure enough seating for all. We'd love to see you there! 

Your Year 7 Class Parents  - Fab, Kylie & Jo


Year 12 Parent Get-Together with Mercy College Parents

Friday 5th May from 6:30pm

Mercy College has organised a gathering for Year 12 St Pius X College and Mercy College Parents at The Rag & Famish Hotel in North Sydney on Friday 5th May. Put the date in your diary!  Click here to view the invite and RSVP via Trybooking


Mothers' Day Liturgy

Friday 12th May

All Mothers, Grandmothers and Carers are invited with their sons to an early morning Liturgy at 7.30am in the School Gymnasium followed by a morning tea.  For catering purposes, please RSVP by clicking on the Trybooking link here.


Cocktail Party Photos

Photos from the 2017 Cocktail party are now loaded and ready to be viewed by clicking here.


Diary Date

  • Saturday 5th August - Trivia Night

Nadine Robson

[email protected]

0412 272 056

Teaching & Learning Matters

From the Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning

Dear Parents,

Welcome to another term of learning at St Pius X College!


For parents in Years 7 to 11, by now you should have accessed your son's Interim Report on the College Portal. It is worthwhile to have a positive conversation with your son about his progress and to identify strategies to assist continued growth.

Year 12 Teachers are now well in the process of completing  Mid Course Reports and these will be available on the Portal during Week 3.

Year 11 Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings are scheduled for Monday 15th May  from 4.00pm.

Parent Teacher Meetings for Years 5 to 10 will take place during the day on Monday 17th July which is the start of Term 3.

A reminder for Year 10 Parents of their Information evening on Wednesday 10th May regarding student subject preferences for Year 11, 2018.



A reminder for parents with sons in Years 5, 7 and 9, that NAPLAN will be held in Week 3 of the term.

Please avoid scheduling medical appointments during this week.


NAPLAN tests provide point-in-time information regarding student progress in literacy and numeracy and are intended to complement the wide range of formal and informal assessments that are already conducted in the College.  The results provide valuable information about student achievement that can be used to inform teaching and learning programs.


Mr A Damo - Assistant Principal Teaching & Learning

Student & Parent Matters

Photo: Duke of Edinburgh Gold Adventurous Journey

  • From the Head of Student Services:  

​                 Edmund Rice Education Australia Pastoral Care Wellbeing Conference 2017

                 MindMatters Principals' Institute of Australia Webinar

  • 'Good Bloke' Award
  •  Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey Hike
  •  Chess
  •  Boxercise - Open to ALL students

From the Head of Student Services

Edmund Rice Education Australia Pastoral Care – Wellbeing Conference 2017

The many and varied aspects of our Pastoral Care Wellbeing programs will be on show next week when we host Pastoral Care Directors and Delegates from all over Australia to this Conference at North Sydney from Tuesday afternoon 2nd to Thursday 4th May. This includes a visit of delegates to our Chatswood Campus on Wednesday afternoon. Groups of students including our Student Leaders, Prefects, House Captains, House Vice Captains, MindMatters Teams (Years 9-12) and representatives of our Peer Mentoring, Peer Support, Mindfulness, Boxercise, Duke Of Edinburgh, Immersion, Buddies not Bullies, Expedition and Camps Programs will be on display and ready to answer questions from our EREA visitors.

We look forward to a range of contributions from the students who will be called upon to participate and represent these important aspects of our College, for which we are highly regarded in the domains of Student, College and Community Wellbeing. There is certainly a great deal of interest in the quality of our Pastoral Care programs and the student wellbeing supported by our Year Coordinators, Pastoral Care staff, Wellbeing Teams and practices such as Student Empowerment in these important areas.


MindMatters Principals' Institute of Australia Webinar

Congratulations to our own inspirational College Counsellor Mr Rick Russo, who on the final Thursday of the holidays was asked to attend the Principals’ Institute of Australia Head offices in Fouveaux Street in Sydney. Rick led and guest-presented at a MindMatters Webinar investigating best practices developed by St Pius X College in the areas of innovative Student Empowerment in the enhancement of student wellbeing. As a lead school in these practices St Pius X College is highly regarded across the educational systems and there is a mass of interest in adapting our programs across a diverse range of educational settings as evidenced by the responses to Rick’s presentation. Components such as our Peer Support, Peer Mentoring, Student Empowerment Teams, Transition Programs, Buddies not Bullies interactions and overall pastoral care and student support programs were all hot topics from the Webinar and we can be extremely proud of the esteem in which our College, students and staff are held.

Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services

'Good Bloke' Award

The Year 9 Student Empowerment Team have designed a 'Good Bloke' Award to recognise a peer who treats others with kindness and respect.  The team vote on the recipient and the award gets handed out during pastoral care. The group meet every fortnight to discuss ways to improve student well-being in the College.  In the photo below is Adam Greenwood, Gary Mullins and Tyson McCallum with the first award recipient, Austin Lowick.


Their Mission Statement is:  'Empower students to work towards a greater sense of connectedness amongst the school community, thereby creating a climate of positive mental health and well-being in our school community'.


The group have come up with a range of activities thus far which include a fortnightly sport competition with mixed teams from Years 7-10 and designing a range of posters to make healthier choices at recess and lunch as healthy eating leads to positive well-being.


They are a wonderful group to work with. The team is student led and currently involves 17 Year 9 students. All students in Year 9 are welcome to attend during Friday lunchtimes on Day 10 in C4.  Furthermore, we also have Student Empowerment Teams set up in Years 10 to 12.  Ms Allington works with Year 11, Mr Mc Brearty with Year 12 and Ms Kugananthan with Year 10.


In Term 1 the Year 10 and Year 11 SET's created a successful event to recognise the National Day of Action against Violence and Bullying. The photo below shows the popular Year 11 band creating a very entertaining lunch time.



Ms A Foord - Well Being Coordinator

On Behalf of Mr Brannan and the Student Empowerment Team Teachers,

Ms Allington, Ms Kugananthan and Mr McBrearty.


Going for Gold

Ten students from Years 11 and 12 participated in a Gold Adventurous Journey as part of the College Outdoor Education Program over the first weekend of the holiday period. The boys hiked for four days through Glenbrook National Park to meet the requirements for the Adventurous Journey component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

As with all of the College Outdoor Education activities the students had the opportunity to further develop their leadership, resilience, team building, navigation, bush skills and their own spirituality in a beautiful, technology free setting.

Congratulations to Cody Fisher-Peel for completing his qualifying Silver Adventurous Journey, to James Spencer and Nikita Papastamatis for completing their Gold Practice Adventurous Journey and to Denis Webber for completing his Gold Adventurous Journey qualifying hike and to all the boys for supporting this worthwhile activity. 

Mr P de Silva - Outdoor Education Coordinator



The NSWJCL competition will begin Week 2 Friday 5th May. Teams have been selected and their draw will be distributed on Monday at training. Please check with your son with regards to transport needs throughout the Term upon receiving the draw.  Good luck to all participants.

Ms D Ramsey and Ms J Dempsey - Convenors



A reminder that Boxercise is held every Thursday and Friday morning at 7.30am in the Junior School playground.  This MindMatters initiative provides friendship, fun and fitness to strengthen students’ resilience and general sense of wellbeing.  Classes are free to all students.

Mr R Russo - College Counsellor

Department News


  • Performing Arts
  • Public Speaking & Debating


Performing Arts


Thank you to Ms Fernando and the students from the Year 9 Elective Drama class for your powerful presentation of the 14 Stations of the Cross on the last day of Term 1. Thank you also to Miss Whelan and the Junior Choir and Ms Gan and the Senior Choir for your musical contributions to the two liturgies.



The Performing Arts Parents Association will be meeting tonight in the CMR at 7.00pm. Parking is available in the Junior School yard and light refreshments will be served.



A Night Full of Stars:  7pm on 18th May 2017 at The Concourse

Tickets are now on sale! They can be purchased at the Concourse Box Office during business hours, via the Concourse website or by clicking on the following link:  

It is going to be an amazing night featuring the talents of current and past students, instrumental tutors and teaching staff.  Please see details on the flyer below - we look forward to seeing you there!



There will be additional rehearsals for some ensembles in the lead up to the 80th Anniversary Concert. Details are on the PDF document below. A letter will be sent home later this week to parents of ALL students performing in the Concert.



Ms T Bates - Performing Arts Coordinator


Public Speaking and Debating

This Friday St Pius X College will be hosting St Clare’s Waverly, Oakhill College and Redfield College in a massive Round 1.  We will be hosting 32 debate teams and running 16 debates on the night.  Training will run from 3.30pm to 5.00pm and then students will be allowed to travel to Westfield for their dinner before returning to the college gym at 5.45pm sharp.  If you do not want your son to travel to Westfield please advise his coach and provide a sandwich and a drink for him for dinner.

Coin toss should be at around 6.30pm; debates commence at around 7.30pm and conclude at around 8.30pm.  This will be a very busy Round 1 and all debaters will have a significant role on the night.  All students will have a role in packing away classrooms and every student needs to sign off with their coach before they leave the school grounds.

There will be a meeting in B10 at morning tea this Friday morning (chocolate will be provided!) to review our roles on the night. Once again a big thank you to all of our debaters in anticipation of their perfect hosting skills this Friday.

In Round 2 on 5th May (Week 2 of Term 2) St Pius X College will travel to St Patrick’s College Strathfield for our debate and parents will need to collect students from St Patrick’s College, Strathfield. More information on the procedure for this event will follow.  



2017 TOPIC AREAS: 7-10

Round 1:    Education

Round 2:    Media

Round 3:    Leadership

Round 4:    Australian economy

Round 5:    Sport

Round 6:    Environment


Thank you on behalf of the brilliant St Pius X College debating coaches and senior student mentors.



The Plain English Speaking Award aims to encourage the use of clear and effective spoken English. Since its inception in 1978, the competition has provided an opportunity for NSW senior students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech-writing and public speaking skills.  St Pius X College is competing at Ryde Secondary College on Monday 15th May. 

What are the prizes?

The eventual national winner of this competition will win the right to compete in the international final in London and will receive return flights to London courtesy of BBM Ltd. The NSW winner will receive a medallion along with a cash prize of $250 courtesy of the Australia-Britain Society. The NSW winner’s school will also receive the Australia-Britain Shield for Plain English Speaking and the Westminster Stone. The six state finalists will receive medallions and a cash prize of $100 from the Australia-Britain Society. All students involved in the competition will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation, with certificates of congratulations awarded to all local and regional winners.

Who is eligible to compete?

The Plain English Speaking Award is open to NSW government and non-government secondary schools. Each school can enter a maximum of 2 contestants. Contestants must be either Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Contestants must be between 15 and 18 years of age (inclusive) on 1st January 2017.

Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convener


Learning Support
& Enrichment

Photo: New location for the LSE Department

  • Touch Typing and Handwriting Skills
  • Get Familiar with NAPLAN
  • Northern Sydney Expo for Students with (dis)Ability
  • What Matters?  Writing Competition
  • Maths Drop-In Centre
  • After-School Study Program

Touch Typing and Handwriting Skills

Courses begin next week!

Thank you to all families who have registered their sons in the after-school onsite courses at the College: Touch Typing Skills and Handwriting Skills. These are intensive small group courses, open to all students in Years 5-10, who are interested in improving vital writing and typing skills. Each course involves one afternoon per week for a block of 8 weeks, and is run by our experienced occupational therapist and registered provider, Anna Orchard.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 For any parents/ carers who have not yet registered their sons but who would still like to, Anna has advised that there are limited places still available – but you will need to act by Friday of this week.  For the benefit of those parents/carers who have enrolled students, please check your emails for details, and note that ALL courses begin Week 2 (the week beginning Monday 1st May) as follows:

  • Monday - Touch Typing (Class now full)
  • Tuesday - Touch Typing
  • Wednesday - Handwriting Years 5 and 6
  • Thursday - Touch Typing
  • Friday - Handwriting Years 7 -10

All classes run from 3.15pm to 4.30pm, starting in week 2, and are held in LC2 (Leary Centre Room 2). Senior school students may arrive by 3.20pm.  Please remind your son to attend at the correct time and place, and to bring PLDs or other equipment if needed, as well as a drink or snack if required.

See the flyers below for details, and send your queries to [email protected] or [email protected]


Get familiar with NAPLAN

For interested students in Years 5, 7 and 9

The good news about the upcoming NAPLAN tests, scheduled for mid-May, is that the literacy and numeracy skills to be assessed are based on your son’s regular learning in the classroom, so no urgent ‘cramming’ or undue worrying are needed. However, mental preparation as well as familiarisation with layout and content are very useful in the lead-up to any testing situation, and NAPLAN is no different.  For this purpose, the National Curriculum Authority (ACARA) makes available to the public example test papers and questions so that teachers and students can get a sense of the style, the ‘look and feel’ of the tests and understand what types of texts and questions may be given on the actual test day(s).  Follow this link with your son to access online NAPLAN papers, with questions and answers provided:

Parents can further assist your sons through encouraging them to be proactive in seeking out assistance from their classroom teachers on difficult questions or problems, and by taking advantage of co-curricular support services provided at the College, such as the After-School Study Program and Maths Drop-in Centre. These improvement opportunities are staffed by skilled teachers, who can provide additional instruction on NAPLAN-based resources, as needed, throughout the year.


Northern Sydney Expo for students with (dis)Ability

17th May at The Concourse

Please find below a flyer on the Northern Sydney School Leavers Expo, which may be of interest to you and your son with identified learning or support needs.

  • Location:  Chatswood, The Concourse, Pavilion Room (lower ground)
  • Date:  Wednesday 17th May 2017
  • Time:  11.00am – 6.00pm. Exhibitors' stalls will be staffed all day
  • Cost:  FREE

This is an annual event, which provides useful information and referral contacts about post-school options for students in their senior years (Years 10-12). SPX Careers and Learning Support staff have attended in the past, and we have been impressed by the information and displays on offer.  Depending on availability, some staff will again be attending at the event during period 5 or 6 (between 1.30pm and 3.15pm) on that day, but we recommend that one or more parents attend to accompany your son, as this will allow for tailored, practical and private discussions if desired, about your son’s specific strengths and support needs.

Please discuss with your son, and then confirm the following with me via email to

[email protected]:

  • if you and your son will be attending?
  • at what time?
  • whether or not you would like LSE staff and your son to meet you at the front office at a suitable time, so that we can walk together to the venue.

Please note, your son will be permitted to leave the venue direct with you, so it will be advisable for him to have has his school bag and homework texts with him, for easy departure with you after your visit.


What Matters? Writing Competition

Entries due 1st May 2017

For those budding writers who did some creative writing over the holiday break, or who feel like having a go before the term gets too busy – please see the details about how to enter your (typed) writing piece on what you think matters most in society today.  Follow this link for details and an entry form:


Maths Drop-In Centre

Resumes next week

What is it? A place to get some additional maths help in the mornings before school. You are encouraged to bring along your specific queries, questions, homework and problems.

When is it on? This before-school program starts in Week 2 of each school term, each Tuesday and Friday morning from 8.00 to 8.30am.

Who for? Open to all students in Years 7 – 9

Where? Maths Classroom C1

Queries? Please email Ms Pence at: [email protected] or Miss Offer [email protected]


After-School Study Program

Resumes next week

What is it? A quiet time and space where you can get ahead on your homework and assignments, read or study or do research with a friend, or get some one-to-one assistance from supervising teachers

When is it on? This after-school program starts in Week 2 of each school term, each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon from 3.15 to 4.30pm

Who for? Open to all students in Years 5 – 10

Where? Senior Library, top of A Block (SRC). Library seminar rooms are also available

Queries? Please email Ms Raheb-Mol at: [email protected] or Ms Leonardi at: [email protected]




  • Careers News
  •  Careers Newsletter


Careers News

Welcome back to Term 2. It’s a busy time with lots of activities and presentations happening at school and in the wider community.


How can you find out more to assist your son make informed decisions about his future?  Read the Careers Newsletter, encourage him to explore possible career pathways by visiting Open Days (dates will be advertised later in the year), signing up to JobJump and attending school presentations.  Talk and listen to your son about their interests and future. Encourage him to explore all the possibilities.


Every week the Careers Newsletter is emailed to senior students, and it is included in Woodchatta.  This term we have some Business Lunchtime Presentations from UTS and Ernst and Young Cadetships. The Defence Force, UNSW and Sydney University will also be presenting. Lunchtime presentations allow students  in Years 10, 11 and 12 to gather information and ask questions about their areas of interest and they are encouraged to attend.  All best for a successful Term 2.



Parents and students - please watch the YouTube video and sign up to JobJump for information about tertiary study options, ATARs, apprenticeship and TAFE information. Create a resume, sign up for news alerts.  To register go to


Careers Newsletter


Ms D Janes - Careers Adviser

Senior School Sport

Photo: Under 15s New Zealand Tour


  • From the Senior School Sportsmaster
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • ISA Tennis

From the Senior School Sportsmaster


As Term 2 begins I again draw your attention to three important documents that the College and its community subscribe to fully.

The documents are the “SPX Risk Warning”, the “ISA Code of Conduct” and the “ISA Concussion Policy”.  They are attached below for your information.  Please familiarise yourselves with these documents and support the College in making our sports competitions a safe place for our boys.

Mr M Stearn - Senior School Sportsmaster


2016/17 Season Presentation Night – 6:30pm Thursday 4th May 2017

The Season Presentation Night is being held in the Gym at Chatswood on Thursday 4th May starting at 6:30pm. Players are reminded that this is a compulsory event and that players must be in full Winter Uniform.


SPX Cricket Club – Annual General Meeting

SPXCC’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 10th May 2017 in the Sarto Centre commencing at 7.00pm. This is your opportunity to influence Cricket at SPX by joining the SPXCC Committee. All are welcome.

Mr D Reay - Cricket Convenor

Cross Country 2017

Training is available on Monday and Friday leading up to the ISA Cross Country.  Training starts Friday 28th April, meeting at 7.30am at Beauchamp Oval.  Runners will run at their own pace and decide how far and for how long. Their progress will be recorded and Personal Bests will be rewarded with a Merit Card. Two PB’s are rewarded with a lunch pass to Westfield.  Everyone is welcome, see you there.


This year the ISA Cross Country will be held on Wednesday 31st May which is a school day.

Mr R Lacey and Miss L Ho


EREA Football Cup Win in Queensland

SPX 1st XI has just won the Queensland based EREA Cup in Brisbane. We defeated St Joseph's Gregory Terrace in a penalty shoot-out after the game finished 1-1 at full time with Nathan Mellino scoring our goal and the winning penalty.

The EREA Cup involved five matches where we had not conceded a goal in the tournament until the very last minute. They say that history doesn't repeat but we know it does! Three years ago we also didn't concede in the group games and led in the High Energy Cup Final, also until the last minute of normal time and also being pegged back to 1-1. That day we actually trailed in the shoot-out but also came though to win.

We are overjoyed for the players, staff and parents of SPX 1st XI who made the journey to Queensland. It is certainly a nice way to start the 2017 season!

Mr S Quilty -  1st X1 Coach


ISA Football

Dear Parents and Players, welcome to the ISA Football season.  This weekend is Round 1 and all fixtures are Away against a variety of schools so please check the draw below carefully.  Fields can be found at the following locations:

  • Chifley Sports Reserve: 801-899R Bunnerong Road, Chifley
  • Lawrence and BC fields: 423-513 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill
  • Mason Park: Underwood Road, Homebush
  • St Greg’s playing field: 100 Badgally Road, Gregory Hills


A huge congratulations to our 1st XI touring party who toured to Brisbane to participate in the EREA National Cup.  The team won the grand final against St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace.  A tremendous way to commence the season.  

Good luck to all teams this weekend.

Mr S Yue - Senior Football Convenor




The season kicks off this weekend so we wish all the boys every success.  Congratulations to the 1st XI who brought home the ‘silverware’, winning the National EREA Football tournament in Queensland in which over 25 schools from across the country competed.  They also reached the semi-finals of the St Andrews cup going down to Oakhill.


The structured Coaching Program to be implemented with our specialist coaching staff will be up and running shortly.


The committee will again be publishing the ‘Full Time’ senior weekly results flyer.   We ask parents across all age groups to take some action shots across this weekend’s games and send your photos to [email protected] - save this to your phone and upload the photos as soon as you take them. We need the photos in by Sunday afternoon.


We will also be publishing the Junior and Senior Draws to the website as soon as they are available.


We wish all our teams good luck this weekend - GO PIUS!!


Please See our webpages for News, Calendars, Photos and Draws:


Mr Rodger Paino - SPX Football Club



SPX Senior Rugby Fixtures – Saturday 29th April vs St Gregs at Pittwater Rugby Park:

SPX Senior Rugby Results – School Holidays

During the school holidays the 1st XV were in action against Redfield College while the Under 15s toured New Zealand. See results below:



Under 15s New Zealand Tour

On Friday 7th April 38 students and five staff departed Sydney for New Zealand on the first overseas rugby tour at the College. The boys played three tough matches in the seven days and experienced all the culture and adventure that New Zealand had to offer. The students were outstanding ambassadors for not only the College but our country, receiving praise wherever they went. A full report will appear in next weeks Woodchatta.


SPX Rugby Dinner

The annual SPX Rugby Club Dinner will be held on Friday 16th June at Roseville Golf Club. The evening will be hosted by former Wallaby and Fox Sport Commentator Rod Kafer with George Gregan as the special guest. Please see the flyer for more details.


Rugby Registration is Still Open – PLEASE COMPLETE REGISTRATION ASAP

Registration will close on Friday 5th May, all players must be registered by the start of the ISA season to be eligible to play. To register simply click on the Trybooking link below. It only takes a few minutes and provides options to select transport options for later in the year and clinic registration all in one spot:


All students wishing to play rugby are required to be registered here to be included in a team, allowing the school rugby administrators & coaches to best prepare for the coming season, plus allow your P&F Rugby Club to best support and communicate with you! 

Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor




ISA Tennis

Welcome back to another season of Winter ISA Tennis. Last year saw some impressive gameplay, competition, enthusiasm and sportsmanship and I am looking forward to seeing more of this throughout our new season.  Due to unavoidable circumstances, the team lists have only been released this week. Please check your email or the noticeboards around the school.

Our first round is set for this weekend with games against teams in several different locations; please see the game schedule below.  Please note:

  • Wet weather: Up-to-date information regarding wet weather will be available each Saturday on the school Twitter Account @SPXSeniorSport
  • Uniform:  White shorts, school sports shirt, school tennis cap and school tracksuit (if cold). You may also want to bring sunscreen and a bottle of water
  • Home games:  Please note if playing at HOME, students are required to bring a small plate of morning tea to share with all players.
  • Absences for Games/Training:  If a student is absent from school on Friday prior to a round then it is expected that a parent/carer will telephone the school (9411 4733) prior to 8:30am and leave a message for Ms O’Brien as to whether the student will be available to play on Saturday. This provides time for the Convenor to organise a reserve player for the team.  If the absence is last minute on Saturday morning then the student must arrange a substitute player from their team if they are unable to play. Please SMS or call 0409 916 859 by 7.00am to give name of substitute player or inform the Convenor if you are unable to find a substitute player. Students are to provide written documentation for all absences.

Ms A O’Brien - Convenor

Junior School News & Sport

  • Junior School News
  • Junior School Sport 

Junior School News

Tours to Armidale and Tamworth

The Rugby and Football boys had wonderful tours at the beginning of the holidays.  The Football boys went to Tamworth and the Rugby boys went to Armidale.  Both groups of boys were a credit to themselves, their families and their school.  I trust the experience and skills gained will assist them as the season commences this Saturday.  A special thank you to Mr Virgona, Mr Carroll and Mr Cummins for giving up their holidays so this rewarding experience could occur.  I also attended the Tour and I thank the band of parents who came along to support the boys.  

I trust the boys appreciated this opportunity because they certainly didn’t exist when I was at school!  More information and photos will be in the Junior School Newsletter.



It was good to see all the boys in their winter uniforms.  They looked very smart for the ANZAC Day service this morning.  I hope you took a picture of your son wearing his College blazer, especially the boys who are new to the College this year.  Thank you for your co-operation in this area.



Many boys were involved in services yesterday.  This picture shows Oliver Hunt of Year 6 marching on ANZAC day and wearing his great grandfather’s medals from WW11.  I also saw one of our Senior boys, James Spencer,  in his cadet uniform at the ANZAC Day NRL game on television. Well done to all the boys who were involved. 



An invitation to the Junior School Mothers' and Grandmothers' Day Mass, followed by a late morning tea, was in the last Junior School Newsletter of last term and will be in this Friday’s Junior School Newsletter.   We will also have a Mothers' Day Stall where all proceeds go to the women of the shanty town of Candela in Peru, who make the items on sale . 

Save the date: Mass at 10.30am on Friday 12th May followed by morning tea. Please respond as it assists with catering.



28th April:   John Larkin Author Incursion for Year 5

2nd May:      80th Anniversary Mass - please note an earlier dismissal of between 2.00 and 2.30pm.  Boys will be supervised until normal dismissal time if preferred.  Please refer to the information in  the Principal's section of this Woodchatta for details of the 80th Anniversary celebrations.


Mr T Long - Head of Junior School


Junior School Sport


As Term 2 begins I again draw your attention to three important documents that the College and its community subscribe to fully.  The documents are the “IPSHA Code of Conduct” and the “SPX Risk Warning”. They are attached below for your information.  In the absence of a specific concussion policy for IPSHA sport, St Pius X College will adopt the ISA guidelines as per the Senior School. Please familiarise yourselves with these documents and support the College in making our sports competitions a safe place for our boys.


THURSDAY SPORT: Normal Sport with Winter training resuming for AFL, Football (Soccer) and Rugby. Please have a full change of clothes to train in.


RUGBY: Round 1 commences this Saturday 29th April. All relevant information, including an information letter, season draw and Code of Conduct document have been placed on the College website. Please ensure your son is kitted out in the correct SPX gear for the season commencement next term.

Rugby Tour:  A squad of 20 Year 6 boys travelled to Armidale in the holidays for TAS Rugby Carnival. Off the field, the squad were a pleasure to tour with and certainly enhanced the reputation of The College. Over the weekend we won two games and lost three, one on the bell. More importantly it was a great opportunity to develop both as individuals and as a team. We look forward to kicking off our season this weekend with greater cohesiveness and camaraderie.


FOOTBALL (Soccer):  Round 1 commences this Saturday 29th April. All relevant information, including an information letter, season draw and Code of Conduct document have been placed on the College website. Please ensure your son is kitted out in the correct SPX gear.

Football Tour:  The Prep A team went to Tamworth over the first weekend of the school holidays to compete in the National Primary Games. The team played five games on Saturday (2W 1D 2L) against opponents from the Tamworth and Hunter Valley area. On Sunday we played three more games for a loss, a draw and a win.

The boys were excellent ambassadors for the College, playing with sportsmanship and enthusiasm, whilst showing great respect for the officials and organisers of the Competition, and the staff at Farrer Agricultural College where we stayed.


AFL: Round 1 commences this Saturday 29th April. All relevant information, including an information letter, season draw and Code of Conduct document have been placed on the College website and will be emailed to you.


Mr G Virgona - Junior School Sportsmaster

Canteen & Uniform Shop


Change to Canteen Menu:  Due to the new guidelines from NSW Health Department the canteen will be changing our menu over time.  We will be starting with the drinks available to the boys.


Volunteers needed:  If you can assist on any weekday between 9:30am and 2:00pm please contact either Anna or Marianne on 9414 4301.  It's a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and your help will be greatly appreciated.

Please click below to see the 2017 Canteen Roster:


Ms M Erickson and Ms A Coombs - Canteen Supervisors



Uniform Shop

REGULAR TRADING HOURS:  MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 8.00AM – 2.00PM IN TERM TIME                                                                        

Winter Uniforms and Sports Uniforms:  All items now available in the Uniform Shop.


Price List:  A full price list is available on the College website.  


Orders can be placed:

Collection of Orders (whether made by phone or on-line)

Students in Years 7-12  will be sent an email when their order is ready asking them to collect it from the Uniform Shop. If it is not collected by end of school on Wednesdays, it will then be available from Student Reception as the Uniform Shop is not open on Thursdays and Fridays. This arrangement is to prevent interruptions to classes.

Junior School :  Orders will be given out at Assembly after lunchtime as required.


Blazer Buttons are available from shop - $2.00 each.   


Second-Hand Uniforms:  Parents are reminded that the Uniform Shop also sells second-hand uniforms, including Blazers. Please read the form below for information on providing second-hand clothing to the Uniform Shop.  

Ms D Muirhead - Uniform Shop Supervisor

St Pius X College Newsletter
parent invitation - 80th Anniversary Mass.pdf
parent invitation - 80th Anniversary Mass.pdf
2017 White Knight Gala Dinner.pdf
2017 White Knight Gala Dinner.pdf
Careers Newsletter April 26.pdf
Careers Newsletter April 26.pdf
SPX Risk Warning as at March 2017.pdf
ISA Code of Conduct.pdf
ISA Concussion Policy.pdf
SPX Risk Warning as at March 2017.pdf
ISA Code of Conduct.pdf
ISA Concussion Policy.pdf
Second Hand Clothing Form.pdf
Flyer for Touch Typing Program 2017 T2_Version 1c.pdf
Handwriting flyer 2017 T2 version 2.pdf
Flyer for Touch Typing Program 2017 T2_Version 1c.pdf
Handwriting flyer 2017 T2 version 2.pdf
students with disability - expo flyer.pdf
students with disability - expo flyer.pdf
80th Anniversary Concert Senior Ensembles Rehearsal Schedule.pdf
80th Anniversary Concert Senior Ensembles Rehearsal Schedule.pdf
Night of Stars 2.JPG
Night Full of Stars.pdf
80th Anniversary Concert Senior Ensembles Rehearsal Schedule.pdf
Night Full of Stars.pdf
SPX Risk Warning as at March 2017.pdf
IPSHA Code of Conduct.pdf
ISA Concussion Policy.pdf
IPSHA Sporting Codes of Conduct.pdf
IPSHA Sporting Codes of Conduct.pdf
SPX Risk Warning as at March 2017.pdf
ISA Concussion Policy.pdf
Youth Festival.pdf